Australia has bombed out to 50th spot in global broadband speeds and clocked an average Internet connection of 2.6Mbps, according to a new report from global content provider, Akamai.
Faster speeds were registered across the ditch with New Zealand tipping average speeds of 2.9Mbps to claim 42nd spot.
Canberra was named the fastest metropolitan region in Australia registering average speeds of 2.7Mbps.
In the 12 months since the last report from Akamai Brisbane has jumped from fourth to second spot with average speeds of 2.6Mbps. Perth rose from seventh to fourth place, and Sydney fell from second to fifth place.
Australia clocked peak average broadband speeds of 9.7Mpbs for the first quarter this year, a 14 per cent decrease on last year’s record that lodged it in 47th spot across the Asia Pacific.
New Zealand registered average max speeds slightly over 1Gbps, a 6.1 per cent decrease on 2009 results which placed it in 41st spot.
South Korea took out first place across most global and Asia Pacific broadband rankings, with the city of Masan registering a whopping 32.7Gbps max network speed and an average of 15.8Mbps.
Australia ranked marginally better in the high end of broadband connectivity and placed 55th in its migration away from dial-up Internet access.
South Korea, Hong Kong, and Japan, ranked well in both the fastest average and maximum broadband speeds. About 3Mbps separated South Korea and Hong Kong.
Accrding to Akamai the report is based on about one billion IP addresses, incorporating estimates of multiple users on a single IP address.
Quarterly trending for this metric was overwhelming positive, with ten of the twelve countries/regions surveyed showing a quarter-over-quarter increase in their average maximum connection speeds, with six of them recording doubledigit percentage gains.
The report buuyed security research findings into the origins of malicious traffic. It noted 12 per cent of malicious traffic originates from Russia, 10 per cent from the US and 9.1 per cent from China, which did not correlate with connectivity speeds. Combined traffic registered from Russia and the US totalled 22 per cent of malicious traffic.